The A.M.A.: The Making of a President

When the American Medical Association held its semiannual meeting in Miami Beach last week, high on the docket was the election of a president to take office next June. Not surprisingly, the delegates chose a small-town general practitioner, a man who projects just the sort of image that the A.M.A. prefers: Dr. James Ziegler Appel, 57, of Lancaster, Pa. (pop. 60,000).

Dr. Appel's ancestors immigrated from the Palatinate in 1732. He is the son of a doctor who delivered his own baby in the family quarters above his office. Today, Dr. Appel (pronounced...

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